Digital Literacies on Language Learning

Raúl and I found some definitions on Digital Literacy on a journal published by CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) in the research and development of technology in second language acquisition.

Digital Literacies in L2 Learning.


“Digital literacy in the K-12 setting is often viewed as a set of skills that will be

learned over time as a student progresses through a state-designed curriculum that

includes checklists as the primary or sole evaluation of literacy-based competence

and performance. In higher education, the foreign language curriculum is usually

determined by textbooks, some of which seem to ignore the great potential for

integrating literacy into learning modules and projects.


The awareness, attitude and ability of individuals to appropriately use digital

tools and facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyze

and synthesize digital resources, construct new knowledge, create media expressions,

and communicate with others, in the context of specific life situations,

in order to enable constructive social action; and to reflect on this

process.(Martin, 2005).


According to Knobel and Lankshear (2008), digital literacies “quite simply, involve the use of digital

technologies for encoding and accessing texts by which we generate, communicate

and negotiate meanings in socially recognizable ways.” This definition ties up with the definition of communication (applied also to L2).”


We have the whole journal as well as an article on Digital Literacies and Language Learning that I will be happy to share with all.  ( I am not sure if I can post them or attach them to the blog).